Road safety

Personal mobility devices

Personal mobility devices including e-scooters, e-skateboards, solo wheels and similar devices are a fantastic way to get around. However, there are some rules that must be followed to keep you and those around you safe.

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Road safety is everyone's responsibility

Reducing the number and severity of crashes occurring on our transport network is a shared responsibility. We need government, industry and the community working together to create a safer transport system. As a passenger, pedestrian, rider or driver, we are all responsible for making choices to travel safely.

Gold Coast road crash statistics

Over the past 5 years, fatal crashes are down 46%, and serious injury crashes are up 9%.

Car driver 51%
Car passenger 18%
Motorcyclist 15%
Cyclist 7%
Pedestrian 6%
Road safety targets

We are committed to improving road safety for all road users. Our targets to reduce road trauma align with national road safety targets. We are working towards:

50%
reduction
in road related fatalities by 2030
30%
reduction
in road related serious injuries by 2030

Road Safety Plan 2021–2026

This plan is a blueprint for how the City of Gold Coast and our partners are working together to reduce road trauma on the city's transport system. The plan adopts the principle of Vision Zero and the Safe System approach with actions to target the challenges for road safety on the Gold Coast. It contains sustainable and effective solutions to help deliver the vision of reducing crashes, saving lives and preventing serious road trauma on the Gold Coast transport network.

Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2021-2026(PDF, 9MB)

Road rules

The Queensland Government has road rules to help us use our roads and footpaths safely and efficiently.

This includes sharing our roads and paths with other types of users, such as emergency vehicles, trams, riders of personal mobility devices or bicycles and even horses.

The rules are enforceable by the Queensland Police Service.

Learn more about the road rules

Rules to protect riders

This video has tips for drivers to help keep some of our most vulnerable road users safe – StreetSmarts

Report unsafe behaviour

We can help the police by sharing information about speeding and unsafe behaviour we witness on our roads and pathways.

Contact Police Link on 131 444 or online at police.qld.gov.au/policelink-reporting

Hooning

Hooning can impact the quality of life of residents and the amenity of our city. We work closely with the Queensland Police Service to identify and coordinate strategies to deter hooning. They include:

  • road safety education
  • speed awareness devices
  • safe road design and traffic calming
  • traffic management and engineering
  • road surface treatments
  • lighting and environmental design
  • linking residents to the right reporting channels.

For information about safety and security, visit Community safety.

Report hooning

Contact the Queensland Police Service on 13HOON (13 46 66) or report hooning online.

Safe motorbike riding

More than 120 motorbike riders are hospitalised or killed on Gold Coast roads each year.

Motorbike riding on the Gold Coast is unique, from our coastal urban roads to our rural and hinterland routes. Each area has its own challenges and risks. On hinterland roads, drivers and riders experience a wider variety of road conditions, more roadside and environmental hazards and greater speed variation.

Whether you are experienced, new to riding or haven’t been riding for a while, there are simple things you can do to help keep safe.

Learn more about safe motorbike riding:

StreetSmarts

Safe seniors

Seniors are at the highest risk of fatalities and injury when using private vehicles.

Compared to younger road users, outcomes are more severe for older road users involved in a crash.

Our perception, judgement and physical abilities reduce as we get older, making it difficult to adapt to changes in road rules and technology. While many seniors depend on private transport for their independence and quality of life, other options are available.

Learn about transport options:

Seniors safe travel guide(PDF, 4MB)

Safe young people

On the Gold Coast, 22% of fatalities and hospitalisations from road crashes involve young drivers.

Young people aged between 17 and 24 years are one of the most at risk groups to be involved in crashes on our roads.

Statistics show that when a learner driver first gets their P-plates, their risk of serious crash is six times higher.

Safety tips

  • Be aware of your own ability and limitations. Don't drive tired.
  • Don't get distracted by your phone or your passengers
  • Make sure you and your passengers always wear a seatbelt
  • Adjust your driving and reduce your travel speed to suit the conditions, especially at night.

Learn more about how you can be a safe and responsible driver:

Streetsmarts

Information for parents and carers 

Children are small and move quickly, and lack the skills, knowledge and judgement to keep themselves safe on and around the road or driveway.

Teenage and young adult brains are still developing and their ability to assess risk is still limited. As young drivers, they are still acquiring the skills and experience to make the dynamic complex decisions necessary to use the road safely.

Did you know:

  • Children up to 7 years of age must be restrained correctly in an approved child restraint when travelling in a vehicle
  • Children aged 12-16 years must be supervised when using a personal mobility device (PMD), such as an e-scooter. Children under 12 years are not permitted to use a PMD.
  • Parents and carers are normally the biggest influencer for shaping lifelong road safety behaviours for their young drivers.

Learn more about what you can do to keep your children, including your P-plater, safe:

Safe cycling

On average, 53 cyclists are killed or hospitalised every year on the Gold Coast.

Cyclists with different abilities and confidence levels use our pathways and roads. Whether you're riding a standard bike or an electric bike, driving or walking, we all have a responsibility to obey traffic laws and safely share our roads and paths.

Learn more:

Safe pedestrians

Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable road users, and we are all pedestrians at one time or another.

We are particularly vulnerable when crossing the road, especially if it has multiple lanes.

Whether you're crossing the road or walking along our pathways in your neighbourhood, to your school, in the park or along our beautiful coastline, it's important to be aware of your surroundings as well as other road or path users. 

People using motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters must follow the same road rules as pedestrians.

Pedestrian safety tips

  • Always STOP and LOOK before crossing the road, even at a pedestrian crossing.
  • STOP and THINK before crossing. Consider if it's safe to do so and if drivers can see you.
  • Avoid crossing in queued traffic as drivers in adjacent lanes may not be able to see you.
  • Be careful when crossing behind, between, or in front of parked cars as drivers in travel lanes may not see you.
  • If crossing multiple lanes, remember that vehicle nearest to you can make you invisible to drivers in other lanes.
  • Watch out for reversing vehicles as drivers may not always see you.
  • Help drivers to see you by wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially at night or in wet weather.

Driver safety tips

  • Be mindful of your speed and watch out for pedestrians, especially in unexpected situations.
  • When turning into another street, look out for pedestrians who may be crossing.
  • When approaching a roundabout, be alert for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Safe e-riding (personal mobility devices)

Over 2.5 years, in just 3 Queensland hospitals, 952 people were treated for serious injuries related to using a personal mobility device.

There has been a big increase in the use of devices such as e-scooters, e-skateboards and e-unicycles across the city. They are a convenient and fun way to move around, but they also come with significant safety risks.

Like other road users, road rules apply to personal mobility device riders on roads and pathways. There are specific rules such as age restrictions, the types of roads and pathways where they can be used, and how fast they're allowed to travel.

Learn more about rules for personal mobility devices:

Rules for personal mobility devices

Streetsmarts

Safe speeds

Speeding is a major factor in serious and fatal injury crashes on the Gold Coast.

Travelling even a little over the speed limit increases the distance you need to stop and the risk of injury and death if you have a crash.

  • Around half of all serious speeding crashes happen at less than 10km/h above the speed limit*
  • Just over 5km/h above the speed limit in urban areas is enough to double the risk of a casualty crash*

The speed limit for any street or pathway is the maximum speed you are permitted to travel.

Depending on the conditions, you may need to reduce your speed to travel safely, regardless of the speed limit. Consider the conditions of the road and roadside or pathway you're travelling on as well as weather, light, traffic, pedestrians and the presence of wildlife or other animals. When using pathways, be aware of others using the space, how busy it is, and if it is being used for other activities such as to move between a beach or playground.

Learn more:

Speed fines and demerit points

Making our streets safer is a shared responsibility

Together, we can make our local streets safer for all of us.

Drive Safe speed awareness initiative: 'Smiley face’ speed awareness devices help raise awareness of the speed limit and encourage safer travel speeds in our local streets.

Road Safety awareness wheelie bin stickers: Displaying road safety messages on our general waste wheelie bins is one way we can work together to raise awareness of road safety, providing a weekly reminder to road users in our local streets.

PoliceLink: We can help the police by reporting instances of speeding and hooning we witness. Your information can help the police prevent dangerous driving in the future. Contact police via PoliceLink on 131 444 or online at police.qld.gov.au/policelink-reporting

Learn more about how you can help make our streets safer:

Safe pathways

Our pathways can be very busy with people of all ages, abilities and levels of experience walking, running, cycling, riding and skating. They can be especially busy along our Oceanway and Broadwaterway paths, in our activity precincts, near playgrounds, surf clubs, barbecue and picnic areas and our beautiful ocean and waterways.

We all have a part to play in keeping each other safe. Think first about the activities happening on and around the path. Is the path predominantly for travel, i.e. movement? Or is it a place to go to, where the path is also somewhere to stand and use the beach shower or water bubbler, watch the kids on the playground, queue for a coffee or access the barbecue? To help keep safe on a movement section of path, be alert and keep left. In a pathway place, slow down and share the space safely.

If you're on wheels, be courteous, keep to the left and slow down.

  • Give way to pedestrians.
  • Obey any speed limit and travel at a safe speed to stop safely and avoid colliding with anyone.
  • Travel at a safe distance from others so you can avoid a collision.
  • When riding, wear a helmet.
  • Keep left of oncoming bicycles and other personal mobility devices.

If you’re on foot, be courteous, keep left and stay alert.

  • Keep to the left of the path.
  • Don't stand still and block the path.
  • Keep your dog on a lead.
  • If you have to stop, remember someone might be behind you.

Learn more about pathway safety:

Report unsafe behaviour on our pathways

We can help the police by sharing information about the speeding and unsafe behaviour we witness on our pathways.

Contact Police Link on 131 444 or online at police.qld.gov.au/policelink-reporting